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July 7, 2016 – Bridgewater National Night Out


Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots, along with their partners Van Heusen, Bridgewater Township Police Department and Bridgewater Township Mayor Dan Hayes, will host Bridgewater National Night Out at TD Bank Ballpark on Tuesday, August 2nd.

The event begins at 5:00 pm and will run through that night’s 7:05 pm game between the Somerset Patriots and the Long Island Ducks. The first 1,500 fans will receive a Mini-Bat presented by event sponsor, Van Heusen.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

There will be activities outside the ballpark before the start of the game including live music, inflatables, games, and much more.

“National Night out will provide our residents with a great opportunity to build and enhance our community partnership and assist in reducing crime in our community,” said Bridgewater Township Police Chief Manuel Caravela. “The Bridgewater Police Department’s foremost goal is to continue to make Bridgewater Township one of the safest communities in the State.”

Since 1983 National Night Out has been designed to heighten crime and drug prevention, generate support and participation in crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community relations, and let criminals know that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

The National Night Out program culminates annually on the first Tuesday of August. Neighbors participate across thousands of communities from all 50 states, United States territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

“We are excited to partner with Bridgewater Township and Van Heusen to bring this special event to our ballpark. National Night Out has a great message, similar to that of the Somerset Patriots, to bring the community together for safe, clean, family fun. There will be a lot of activities for participants to enjoy leading up to and during our game that night,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry.

Participants for Bridgewater National Night Out already include Van Heusen, Bridgewater Police Department, NJSP NorthSTAR, Finderne Fire and EMS, Country Hills Fire, North Branch Fire, Green Knoll EMS, Bradley Gardens EMS, Martinsville EMS, Somerset County Pipe and Drums, and New Jersey Transit Police Department.

The pre-game ceremonies beginning around 6:30 pm, will include a special welcome from Mayor Hayes, the Bridgewater Police Department Honor Guard, a NJSP North Star helicopter fly over, and a performance by Evolution Training Center.

The Bridgewater PBA will have their Community Trailer on site as well as Bridgewater Fire Safety Smoke Trailer.

The Somerset Patriots have partnership opportunities now available for Bridgewater-based businesses and organizations to be a part of the event.

“National Night Out is an event in which our residents and Police Officers will have an opportunity to get better acquainted with each other and strengthen our neighborhood spirit,” Caravela added.

For more information about Bridgewater National Night Out with the Somerset Patriots, please call (908) 252-0700 or visit



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July 1, 2016 – July 4th Independence Day Celebration


Come celebrate Independence Day with spectacular fireworks!  North Branch Park gates will open at 6pm to allow vehicles to enter the park, and the fireworks display will be held at 9:30pm.  Visitors should plan to arrive early.  Food will be available for purchase, and a Revolutionary War encampment will re-create life during the 1770’s.  Park visitors should bring lawn chairs or blankets while they enjoy time in the park before the Independence Day fireworks begin.  Picnic baskets are also allowed, but alcohol is prohibited.

For your safety and enjoyment, Somerset County Park Commission and the Bridgewater Police offer the following information so you may plan ahead. Arrive early to avoid parking delays.

Please note: Vehicular traffic exiting the park after the fireworks will be delayed for about 30 minutes to allow pedestrians to cross Milltown Road. In case of inclement weather, fireworks only will be held on Tuesday, July 5. Call the Activity Hotline at 908 722-1200, option 2 for an update. Expect traffic delays prior to and following the festivities.

For more information call 908 722-1200 . Individuals with hearing impairments may use the Relay Service @ 711.

No parking will be permitted along Routes 202 & 22. Vehicles will be ticked and towed at the owner’s expense.

North Branch Park – 6pm – 10pm
HISTORICAL – Third New Jersey Regiment “Jersey Blues” Revolutionary War Encampment – 6pm – 9pm
FIREWORKS DISPLAY – Schaefer Fireworks – 9:30pm
North Branch Park, 355 Milltown Rd, Bridgewater  908 722-1200 x 225

May 24, 2016 – Hiring Notice for Police Officer Position

Job Announcement

Bridgewater Township, NJ Police Jobs






Under the direction of a Shift Supervisor, performs a variety of public safety work providing emergency aid, security and protection to the community’s citizens.


  • Patrol assigned area to aid in preventing crime and to enforce Federal, State and
  • Township laws, ordinances and regulations.
  • Observe, report and act upon conditions conducive to crime and danger such as checking buildings for security, assisting other officers on traffic stops and checking suspicious persons and vehicles.  Reports traffic hazards and directs traffic flow when necessary.
  • Determine the nature of a call, investigates the circumstances, and takes any necessary and prudent actions. such as making arrests and transporting prisoners,  Searching prisoners, collects personal effects and assures proper receipting and safeguarding of personal effects.
  • Provides assistance to the public in emergency and non-emergency situations.
  •  Administers first aid and requests medical service.
  • Performs crisis intervention in sensitive situations such as family dispute.
  • Provides general information to the public on laws and ordinances.
  • Assists persons with complaints and inquiries or directs them to the appropriate authorities.
  • Prepare a variety of records and reports, such as reports on arrests, property impounded, accidents offenses and damage to property.
  • Performs pliminary investigative assignments on serious crimes.  Conducts interviews of victims, witnesses and suspects and subjects progress reports on cases under investigation.  Collects and documents evidence and may arrest suspects.
  • Appears in court, and is available to testify in matters which the officer has knowledge of.
  • Maintains proficiency in the use of police related equipment.
  • May assist in the training of new officers.
  • Checks business and private property for security.  Investigates such conditions as  open doors, broken windows, vehicles parked in suspicious places.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Federal and State laws, Township ordinances.
  • Content, intent and application of criminal law.
  • Adult and juvenile judicial procedures and criminal justice system.
  • Civil and constitutional rights.
  • Department regulations, policies, procedures and general order.
  • Laws of arrest, search and seizure.

Police Officer – Operations Division

  • Techniques of investigation and interrogation.
  • Criminal case preparation and procedures.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Report writing and case preparation.
  • Crime scene management.


  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Analyze dangerous situations rapidly and accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Enforce State, Municipal and other applicable laws.
  • Determine appropriate level and scope of Police response.
  • Work courteously and tactfully with citizens and employees.


  • Salary earned while attending the police academy will be $800 bi-monthly
  • Salary earned after successful academy completion will be an annual salary of $48,083.00.
  • Annual College Incentives
    • Associate’s Degree- $600.00-$750.00.
    • Bachelor’s Degree- $1,200.00-$1,500.00
    • Master’s Degree- $1,500-$2,250.00
  • Medical and dental benefits.
  • Membership in the New Jersey Police and Fire Retirement System


  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Age: at least 21 years of age at the time of initial application. Applicants must not have reached their 36th birthday at the time of appointment.
  • Must be a resident of New Jersey at time of appointment.
  • Must have a valid New Jersey driver’s license at time of appointment.
  • Education: an applicant must have one of the following;
    • A bachelor’s degree, signifying completion of the undergraduate curriculum and graduation from an accredited college or university.
    • An associate’s degree or have completed 60 college credits from an accredited college or university, and at least two years of satisfactory employment.
    • Completed 30 college credits from an accredited college or university, and at least two years of active duty military service with an honorable discharge.
    • Completed 60 college credits from an accredited college or university, and be a certified police officer by the New Jersey Police Training Commission.
  • Applicants to the Bridgewater Township Police Department may be automatically disqualified for any of the following:
    • Having been convicted of an indictable offense or received an indictable conviction expungement.
    • A conviction of any offense involving domestic violence.
    • A conviction of any offense involving a controlled dangerous substance.
    • A conviction of any offense involving public office, position or employment.
    • If you were ever adjudicated to have committed an act of juvenile delinquency. Juvenile delinquency refers to the commission of an act which, if committed by an adult, would constitute an indictable offense.
    • If you were adjudicated by a court or found by an employer to have violated any person’s civil rights in New Jersey or any other state.
    • If you are currently on probation or have been on probation at any time within the last 12 months in New Jersey or any other state.
    • If you participated in a program of supervisory treatment or pretrial intervention for an indictable offense under N.J.S.A. 2C:43-12 or the equivalent in another state.
    • If you have been convicted of driving while intoxicated two times or once within 5 years in New Jersey or any other state.
    • If your driving privilege is currently suspended or revoked in New Jersey or any other State.
    • If you were dishonorably discharged from any branch of the United States military or law enforcement agency in New Jersey or any other state.
    • If you have ever renounced your United States citizenship.
    • If you are currently subject to a final domestic violence restraining order.
    • If you were ever terminated or asked to resign from a public office, position or government employment for misconduct involving your public office, position or employment.
    • If you have used marijuana or hashish within the past 3 years.
    • If you, within the past 10 years, have possessed or used any other illegal drug or drugs, including anabolic steroids, other than those prescribed or provided by a physician or purchased over the counter.
    • If you have sold or given an illegal drug to any person in your lifetime.
    • If you have manufactured any illegal drug at any time during your lifetime.
  • Physical requirements


  • Written exam
  • Physical fitness indicator test
  • Background investigation
  • Oral interview
  • Psychological exam
  • Medical exam
  • Drug screening
  • Successful candidates that are hired are then sent to the Police Academy.
  • Upon successful completion of the Police Academy, officers are assigned to a Field Training Program for the remainder of their probationary period.


For departments who are accepting applications outside of and are solely using for advertising purposes at this time.

Please direct questions regarding this job to

Jobs close at 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the deadline date specified or when the capacity has been met.


May 24, 2016 – Body Worn Camera Program

Bridgewater, NJ – As the Chief of the Bridgewater Police Department, I have the utmost respect for the men and women under my command and trust them implicitly; often times with my life. In the near future our agency will be implementing a body worn camera (BWC) program, which will showcase my agencies professionalism firsthand. Transparency is the key to maintaining the trust my Officers have earned from its interactions with the public and I look forward to updating our citizens when new information on this important program becomes available.

– Chief Manuel Caravela

April 29, 2016 – MVC US 202/206 South

For Immediate Release
Date:   04/29/2016
Prepared By: Lt. Michael J. Maxwell

On Friday, 04/29/16 at approximately 3:00 am, a motor vehicle crash occurred on Route 202-206 Southbound in Bridgewater Township.  A 2003 Chevrolet Suburban operated by Telemacho Ousouljoglou (age 59) of Bridgewater Township was traveling south on Route 202-206, when his vehicle left the roadway and struck two utility poles.  At this time there are no reported injuries from this crash.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant Jeff Savare at 908-722-4111 ext. 4153, or the Bridgewater TIPS line at 877-660-INFO (4636).

April 27, 2016 – Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash

Bridgewater, NJ – The Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau is investigating a single car motor vehicle crash that occurred on April 27, 2016 at 4:05 a.m. The crash occurred on NJ 28 (Union Ave) near the intersection of Hollender Street.

Dawn Dalton (53 year old female) of Dunellen, NJ was operating a 2004 Toyota Camry on NJ 28 near Hollender Street. Dalton, the only occupant of the Toyota, was traveling westbound on NJ 28 when she left the roadway to the north and struck a utility pole. Dalton was pronounce deceased after being transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to contact Officer Thorsen of the Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau (908) 722-4111 ext 4145.

April 6, 2016 – Police Youth Week

Somerville, N.J. – Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano and Somerset County Chiefs of Police President, William Parenti, of the North Plainfield Police Department, announce that the Somerset County Police Academy will be conducting a 5 day, “Police Youth Week” this summer.

The program will be held from July 18, 2016 – July 22, 2016, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy located at 402 Roycefield Road Hillsborough Township, New Jersey.

The goals of the program are to introduce high school students to a career in law enforcement and to develop positive interaction between the students and members of the law enforcement community.

Academy Director Dr. Richard Celeste states the program is modeled after the highly successful Somerset County Police Academy Recruit Training Program which trained police recruits up until 2014. Instruction will be provided by Police Academy staff members and police officers from participating local police departments. The program is being sponsored by the Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

Participation in Police Youth Week will provide the attending student with an overview of various components of the criminal justice field. The program will involve both classroom and practical based exercises providing the student with not only an academic understanding but also a “hands-on” experience.  The program changes every year and is based on a four year curriculum to encourage the student to participate in the program the following year.  It should be understood that due to the course design, it is not necessary to attend a previous year in order to attend the following year program.

The program is open to the following students:

  1. Are residents of Somerset County or are enrolled in a secondary school within the County, and
  2. Are entering 9th grade through graduating seniors.

Since 1996, this successful community program has been funded by the Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police, and as such, there will be no cost for the program participants.

Registration forms must be received by June 1, 2016.

To register for the program, candidates can download the registration form by visiting Forms are also available at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy/Police Academy.

Det./Sgt. William Brown, the program’s coordinator, can be reached by email at or by phone 908-541-5035 should anyone have questions about the program.

March 21, 2016 – Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Bridgewater, NJ   A team of assessors from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) will arrive on Sunday, April 17, 2016 to examine all aspects of the Bridgewater Township Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services Chief Manuel Caravela announced today.

            “Verification by the assessment team that the Bridgewater Township Police Department meets the Commission’s “best practice” standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence”, Caravela said.

As part of this final on-site assessment, employees and members of the general public are invited to provide comments to the assessment team. They may do so by telephone or email.  The public may call 908-429-8455 on Monday April 18th, between the hours of 9am and 11am or email at

Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the NJSACOP standards.  A copy of the standards is available for inspection at the Bridgewater Township Police Department Records Bureau 100 Commons Way, Bridgewater, NJ.  Please contact Lt. Kevin Ricci, Accreditation Manager at 908-722-4111  x4150.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Bridgewater Township Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to write: New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 11000 Lincoln Drive West, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053.

The Bridgewater Township Police Department must comply with 105 standards in order to achieve accredited status.  Chief Caravela, “Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil lawsuits, increased community advocacy, and more confidence in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs.” 

The Accreditation Program Manager for the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police is Mr. Harry J Delgado.  “The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar New Jersey law enforcement agencies.  The assessors will review written materials, interview agency members, and visit offices and other places where compliance with the standards can be observed.  Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status”, Harry J Delgado stated.

Accreditation is valid for a three-year period during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to their continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

The New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police through its New Jersey Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission is the legitimate authority and accreditation agency in the state of New Jersey. For more information regarding the Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission please write the Commission at New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 11,000 Lincoln Drive West, Suite 12 Marlton, N.J. 08053.

February 10, 2016 – School Bus Crash

Bridgewater, NJ – On 02/10/16 at approximately 7:35 am, a school bus was traveling on Route 22 West, from North Plainfield to the Somerset County Vocational and Technical School located on North Bridge Street in Bridgewater Township.  The bus driver suffered a medical emergency, which caused him to drive erratically and miss the North Bridge Street exit.  The students on the bus informed the driver that he missed the exit, but he did not respond to them.  He continued driving in an erratic manner on Route 22 west.  A 15 year old male student approached the driver and was able to talk him into applying the brakes, at which time this student put the vehicle in park and pulled the emergency brake.  A 19 year old male student turned off the vehicle’s engine and removed the keys.  Bridgewater Township police officers arrived on the scene and the bus driver was taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital at Somerset for treatment.  All the students were unharmed and the bus driver was in stable condition as he was transported from the scene.

February 1, 2016 – Armed Robbery BP Gas Station

Bridgewater, NJ – On 01/30/16 at approximately 7:20 pm, the Bridgewater Police Department received a 911 call from the BP Gas Station, 1240 US Highway 22 East reporting that an armed robbery had just occurred.

When officers arrived, they found the attendant unharmed. He reported that two males had entered the office with a knife and told him to give them all of the money. They stole an undetermined amount of cash, then fled the store on foot, last seen running south on Adamsville Road.

The attendant described the first suspect as a medium built white or Hispanic male, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with a red bandana across his face carrying a blue colored gym bag. The second suspect is described as a black make medium build, wearing a black colored jacket which was fully zipped up to cover his face and a red colored “Hollister” sweatshirt with white letters worn over the jacket with blue jeans and work boots.

The suspects has not been identified as of yet and the investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bridgewater Police Criminal Investigation Bureau at 908-725-6491, or the Bridgewater TIPS line at 877-660-INFO

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